Virginia Blackberry | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian wheat beer brewed with a touch of rye and a massive addition (over 1,000 lbs. per 40-barrel batch) of plump, ripe blackberries grown by Agriberry in Hanover County, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry offers an assertive fruit character while remaining extremely refreshing. Ruby hued with the bright aroma of fresh bramble berries, this beer’s pleasantly gentle body leads to a rather dry, rounded fruit finish, making it irresistible on a hot summer day.

12 IBU

Added by TechTriumph on 09-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
218
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of KomodoDragon
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy hazy sunset colored brew. Little head - almost concerningly so. Overly, poor start.

More wheat than blackberry in the smell. not helping this start, but do love blackberries, so taste may make up for this.

Certainly fruitiness comes across in the flavors, blackberries that may have been mistaken from cherries had I not known. Toasted rye bread, and very dry. Short finish.

Strong carbonation.

Overall a miss. Might have preferred a blackberry. Might have preferred a saison or something that might have made the blackberries the star.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of VABA
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason_cs
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to mug, the appearance was a burnt orange to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that glistened and fell off at a moderate pace. Soft sticky lace ended up sliding nicely.
The aroma had some ripe sweet and tart blackberries coating a light sweet wheat and a hint of rye.
The flavor accompanies the sweet to the tart and shakes in a little bit of the spice from the rye. Smooth semi-sweet aftertaste of the blackberry and rye.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. Rye spice doesn't impart any distracting harshness and only seemed to meld with the tartness of the overall "feel."
Overall, pretty nice fruit beer and cool idea to add a little rye to make it a tad more interesting.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch or so of creamy / fizzy, fairly long-lasting head. A lot of lacing for a fruit beer.

S: A decent, if slightly underwhelming, aroma of blackberries, wheat, and a funky quality.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of malt, a good shot of wheat, some blackberries (not quite enough), a yeasty, Belgian funk, some light spice notes, and a hint of citrus. A solid enough flavor that isn't quite as powerful as it should be. Still, not a bad taste.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer - especially where the flavor is concerned - but one that is still drinkable.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PprBurke
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this bomber up at Hardywood.
A - Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small white head.
S - Aroma is blackberry jelly.
T - Bready with just the right amount of berry. Mild tartness.
M - Medium carbonation and mouth feel.
O - I really enjoyed this beer. I was afraid it would be too sweet and jammy but that was not the case. Just the right balance. Wish I had purchased a couple more.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prost76
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srw
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjmiller718
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of curlybird
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carbon_Hops
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SierraFlight
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Warren2621
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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